Prof. Dr. Paul Barach is a Physician executive, board-certified in Anesthesia and Critical Care, leads initiatives across clinical departments and support services, spearheading multiple projects and achieving physician alignment with strategic initiatives. He has the statistical, quantitative and qualitative expertise, with a focus upon measurable impact and ROI. Dr. Barach advises and consults to academic medical centers and hospitals on the science of clinical practice improvement; evaluation of practice transformation in diverse settings, and enjoys promoting the implementation of evidence for practice improvement.
Dr Barach is Senior Medical Director at the Advisory Board Company, Clinical Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Principal and founder of J Bara Innovation. Paul is double board-certified in Anesthesiology and Critical care, from the Massachusetts General Hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He is a formally trained health services researcher, with advanced post graduate training in quality improvement and lean techniques at Intermountain Healthcare, and in advanced medical education and assessment methods from the Harvard Medical School Josiah Macy Program.
Paul was Senior Scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Department of Research and Evaluation, Chief Quality Officer for the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Healthcare System, Associate Dean for Patient Safety, and Founder and Director of the one the first simulation and skills training centers, the Miami Center for Patient Safety and Simulation. He was editor of the journal BMJ Quality and Safety, a Baldrige and National Quality Forum examiner, member of the National Board of Medical Examiner’s Innovation Board, member of the MA Medical Society, the AMA Council on Long Range Planning, member of the American Society of Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Committee, and was inducted in 2005 into the honorary society for Anesthesia leaders (AUA). He was on faculty at the University of Cork, Ireland, University of Chicago, University of Miami, Utrecht Medical Center and the University of South Florida. He was editor of the lead journal on quality improvement and patient safety, the BMJ on Quality and Safety.
Paul has taught quality improvement, human factors, patient safety and systems re-design to undergraduate/graduate and post graduate providers and managers for over 15 years in US, Europe, and Australasia, including as leader of the Harvard Quality Colloquium Patient Safety Certificate Programs. He co-developed the award winning, and national standardized team training program–TeamSTEPPS program, designed to create a culture of patient safety and improved communication See http://teamstepps.ahrq.gov/. He has conducted a great deal of work over two decades on clinical and organizational performance, health systems improvement and patient safety. Dr Barach has participated in and/or lead numerous surgical improvement projects, many related to care transitions, surgical site infections and adverse event prevention and patient centered care. He is presently part of VA HSRD Handover 2.0 project.
He has published over 400 publications/5180 citations/H=33 and has presented at international and national conferences on more than 500 occasions, including over 60 keynote addresses. His research appears in journals such as British Medical Journal, Analgesia and Anesthesia, Annals of Internal Medicine, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Medical Care Journal of the American Medical Association, BMJ Quality and Safety, and many other prestigious journals. He co-authored the WHO report Exploring patient participation in reducing health-care-related safety risks, (http://www.euro.who.int/en/publications/abstracts/exploring-patient-participation-in-reducing-health-care-related-safety-risks), and co-edited a 2-volume book with Professors Lipshultz, Jacobs and Laussen (Safety and Quality in Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Care, Springer 2014, (http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-1-4471-6566-8?no-access=true), and another book with Professor Johnson and Haskell on Patient Stories (Case Studies in Patient Safety Foundations for Core Competencies, Bartlett, 2015,( http://www.jblearning.com/catalog/9781449681548/). His book on Surgical Patient Care: Improving Safety, Quality and Value: Theory and Practice, with Professors Sanchez, Johnson, and Jacobs, will be published in 2016, and a book on Optimizing Patient Transitions and Handovers of Care, with Professors Vimla Patel, Julie Johnson and Vineet Arora is scheduled for 2016 publication.